To say that print media is dying would be an understatement; that shit is dead and decomposing. I think the only reason people still purchase magazines or books is to radiate their self-appreciated intellectualism to nearby observers. Nothing says “I’m with it” like a crisp copy of TIME. Maybe that’s a little harsh; my dad still buys two newspapers daily, but that’s only because he doesn’t realize 100% of the information is repeated online. Plus, he likes the funnies.
The Philadelphia newspapers realize their industry is barely breathing, which is why the Philadelphia Media Network is implementing a new online subscription incentive today, offering $99 Android tablets for anyone who signs up for two years. You can sign up for only one year, but the tablet bumps up to $129, because you are a brainless Philistine. Monthly subscriptions are $9.99 for two years, $12.99 for one.
After seeing the new flick Contagion last night, I gotta say: I am all for these new fangled tablets and personalized media devices. The less people that touch my shit, the greater my chances for survival in a worldwide bat/pig virus epidemic. Hard copies of newspapers are like interpersonal ferries for germs and disease. F that.